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We arrived in Shanghai on Friday and typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall south of the city on Saturday. Shanghai only saw some wind and rain before the typhoon moved out to sea and was downgraded to a tropical storm. Now the sun is out, the humidity is rising, and the city is hot!!!
The city is a mix of textures and smells - Shanghainese architecture mixed with French, British, and American influences, and then there's modern, shining, sky scrapers towering above us all, and so much construction.
Shanghai's population is similar to Beijing's (24+ million) and, as it's still Summer holidays, everyone is out. Out on The Bund, out exploring the museums, cramming onto the subway, shopping, catching the ferry across the Huangpu River... I've never been anywhere as busy.
And the dumplings?
Fried, steamed pork buns, steamed veggie & pork dumplings, steamed veggie, and steamed chicken dumplings...
Beijing has a population over 24million and the summer holidays bring tourists from all over China to the capital. It's a humid, smoggy, hectic city.
We spent our first proper day in Beijing exploring the city's most famous sights (with thousands of other tourists) including Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Lama Temple in Yonghegong, and wandered along some of the city's many Hutongs, before calling it a night at a roof top bar. On day two we headed 2 hours north of the city to the tiny village of Jainkou to treck up to the Jainkou watch tower on the Great Wall of China. We walked along about 10kms of the Wall to Mutianyu, comparing the more wild and ruined Jainkou sections with the popular restored Mutianyu sections. Tired but happy.
The last day of IGC11 kicked off with a really interesting keynote presentation by Professor Eric Maigrit from Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris on New Materialiam in the Social Science.
Lots to think about today: sociosemiotocs, media representations, Japanization, learner self-concept, passenger services, adaptation of ancient Japanese texts, cultural security, Frames of China in overseas media, and Chinese news and print media.
Great to share and learn from PhD students from all over the world!
IGC11 in Beijing day one wrap up:
I'm a human geographer sitting amongst communications, media and english post-graduate students, and am enjoying finding so many interesting links between the different schools within the Arts and Social Sciences Diciplines. The range of topics is brilliant! Twitter, Trust in Science, News Regulation, Politics and the media, Participatory Research... and now debate about semiotics!
I wonder just how many bikes there are in Beijing. How many are sold each year? How many are electric bikes too?
I love aerial photography (even on an iPhone). It is such a great feeling flying into a new city... What's in store for us in Hong Kong?